RedLine Stealer strikes the hospitality industry

Posted on: 29 Mar 2023 | Author: Foresiet

In recent times, the hospitality industry has experienced a surge in malicious emails aimed at their employees, particularly customer service personnel who handle customer emails. These emails were carefully crafted to elicit a sense of urgency and trick hotel staff into clicking and opening them, using social engineering tactics.

The attackers utilized persuasive subject lines like "Request for assistance" and "Booking reservation" to grab the attention of their targets in the hospitality industry. They also employed prepending tactics by adding "Re" at the beginning of the subject line to make the emails appear trustworthy. The main goal of these malicious emails was to trick the victims into clicking on a Dropbox link that would download harmful files onto their local computers. To conceal the actual addresses of these files, the attackers shortened the URLs using Bitly.

After the victim clicks on the link in the email, a series of actions are triggered, which begins with the insertion of an MSIL file into the system and ultimately leads to the theft of the data that is stored within it.

The initial step in the process involves downloading a cabinet file that has additional padding added to the data. This padding is meant to evade antivirus software and intrusion detection systems that depend on signature-based heuristics. After this file is downloaded, it is run, and an MSIL file is extracted from it. This MSIL file is then executed on cmd.exe and decrypted, followed by the execution of a PowerShell script.

If the previous steps are successful, the PowerShell establishes a connection to a website owned by the attacker. This results in the download and opening of another MSIL file, which uses AES encryption and GZIPed compression.

Power Shell Scripts:

The RedLine Stealer payload is formed after the MSIL file decrypts the image files.

The resource that was extracted is decrypted through the use of the AES algorithm.

The RedLine Stealer is injected into the ASP compiler and begins gathering information through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), including operating system, video controller, processor, antivirus, processes, and disk drive data. This data is then sent to the malware's Command and Control (C&C) server. Additionally, the malware has the capability to collect data from other sources such as crypto wallets and Discord.

Phishing through emails is a commonly used attack vector by cybercriminals to target potential victims. To prevent such malware attacks, it is crucial for individuals and corporations to receive extensive training on how to detect and prevent phishing and have access to necessary tools and assistance. Foresiet offers a highly advanced set of tools and software to help prevent such attacks. Visit Foresiet to learn more and safeguard your systems from cyber threats.

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